SNL introduces Simu Liu as the new Chinese Taran Killam character, and it was hilarious

The Saturday Night Live Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che both landed visits from President Donald Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, and Saturday Night Live’s new kid on the block, Simu Liu, took time in the cold open of the show to do his best impression of the man of the hour. Liu said he remembered the Washington Post breaking the news of Trump allegedly asking Cohen to lie to Congress about the history of his ties to Russia, saying “nobody had ever paid this much attention to what I was up to before.”

His playing of Cohen was much like his playing of Taran Killam’s Mitt Romney in Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly. Liu didn’t stay in character for long, though. Over the next several minutes, he peppered him with softball questions. “Do you think my team could beat your team?” Liu asked, to which Cohen admitted, “No.” Liu also asked him about the debate, prompting an off-color joke: “I watched the debate, and it seems like Trump is not very bright.”

The skit had a sentimental tinge, with the impression of the Trump at the end, saying “I don’t have much of a choice — if I say ‘we’ll all pray for you,’ is that like begging?” But it was also crackingly funny, as was Liu’s playing of a Chinese man, with his accent so low that it should have just been a matter of adding a tad of background noise to the cutting.

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